Parenting

When you first face an unplanned pregnancy, none of your options may sound good. The fact is…you did not plan on this happening at this point in your life. You have plans. Maybe it’s school, your career, your relationship, or whatever else you may have going on. Having a baby just does not seem to fit in your plans right now.

So is parenting an option?

Choosing to parent is a very difficult decision to make and will give you lots of challenges. At the same time it can be very rewarding and could end up being the best decision you ever make. Everyone has their own unique situation and obstacles to face. There are several stories on this site from women who faced their own unplanned pregnancy situations. Visit the stories section to see how that decision affected their lives.

If you are concerned about resources, there are many options available to you. One such organization is the Nurturing Network, an international charitable organization that responds to the immediate and comprehensive needs of women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They are active in all 50 states and in 30 foreign countries. Nurturing Network offers resources such as housing, legal assistance, financial help, medical services, educational and employment opportunities and more. Assistance is provided without charge and is available without regard to a person’s race, creed or economic circumstances. Visit the resources page for additional options.

The Pregnancy Centers listed on this site are also dedicated to connecting you with resources in your area.

Here’s some of what it will mean for you to carry your baby to term and be a “Mom.”

You’ll get to know and love the baby you’re carrying. There will never be another baby just like yours. You will face many challenges and sacrifices, but you will also experience the joy of knowing and loving and being loved by the baby you’re carrying. You get to experience a “higher calling” as a mother. So many times in life we think this job or that activity is so important. But what is more important than being a mother, someone who is the most important person in a child’s life. You can be that person for your child.

You could be the mother of someone who changes the world. Who knows what your child could grow up to be and do? This baby is here now for a reason. You may not see the reason at this time but the future is wide open. Your child could make an important difference in the future.

You carry on your family and traditions. Now your baby will carry on your family and your family traditions into the future. A few years from now, today’s worries will be distant memories, but your child will be your living connection to the future.

Maybe this isn’t the right time, but you are the right person. We all have plans for our lives. It’s great to have a plan for life, but sometimes we have to alter the plan to make room for a more important role. You can have this child AND your plans. Maybe it takes you an extra year to finish college or advance in your job. Maybe you aren’t married yet, but he is still out there. And if he’s really the right man for you, he’ll love you and your child. In other words, your plan can grow and expand to make room for your new baby and the new you.

Would you like to hear from women who have been exactly where you are and made the decision to raise their babies?

Here are some stories from women who have accepted a new plan, a higher calling for their lives. Just like you, they didn’t plan on being pregnant, but they chose the high road. They embraced their new roles in life and their babies.

Parenting Resources

www.optionline.org

Helpline: 1-800-712-HELP

Option Line provides caring, confidential support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Their consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free phone number, email or live chat. They will connect you with a nearby pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy tests as well as answers to your questions about pregnancy, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), abortion, adoption, parenting, medical referrals and much more.

www.birthright.org/en

Helpline: 800-550-4900

Birthright offers information and referrals to help meet the needs of women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy by providing material and emotional support.

www.americanpregnancy.org

The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.

www.preghelpcenters.com

Preghelpcenters.com is a website with Missouri pregnancy help centers that will offer free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, community referrals, options counseling and post-abortion support.

www.txcareforwomen.com

Texas Care for Women is a website with Texas pregnancy help centers that will offer free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, community referrals, options counseling and post-abortion support.

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